Blake DeWitt, 26, failed to live up to the Cubs' expectations and was designated for assignment last week. The Cubs are running out of time to work a trade or else be on the hook for a portion of his salary.
Beerleaguer: The Phils may say they're booked solid, but Major League-capable infield depth is still a glaring need. DeWitt posted a .265/.305/.413 line with five home runs in 243 plate appearances in 2011, splitting time evenly at left field, second base and third base. In parts of four seasons with Chicago and Los Angeles, he can be categorized as a below-average utility player specializing in second and third base. However, the Phils would be picking up a little more bat than they're accustomed to getting, specifically over Wilson Valdez, another first-time arbitration-eligible player who was tendered a new deal and then cut loose. DeWitt and the Cubs agreed to a $1.1 million salary earlier this winter. The Phillies could wait for spring training to address the infield, but might want to jump on the opportunity to get a 26-year-old infielder who can hit a little. Ironically, DeWitt was moved to clear room for Adrian Cardenas, who was picked up on waivers.
Cardenas was traded to the A's in the Joe Blanton deal, who actually makes some sense here, in combination with other pieces and incentives, in a starter-for-infielder salary-dump swap, especially if the Phils are serious about Roy Oswalt.